Ina klazina@orcon.net.nz
Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:09:34 PDT
New Zealand has a very great variety of climates actually, where in the 
South Island they are still having morning frosts, lots of snow in 
winter, while Northland, which is at the top of New Zealand's North 
Island, is mostly tropical.  Auckland is just at the bottom of 
Northland.  I grow Citrus, Tamarillos, etc.  But it depends on where in 
Auckland one lives, as it is a large area.


I am not sure what temperatures you get down to in the winter however 
being in NZ you are probably a little colder than sub-tropical South 
America. Although many of the hippeastrum hybrids do well in the 
Southern parts of Australia they do like a northerly aspect. ( I do not 
come from Southern Australia however have read many reports on tactics 
to get less cold hardy plants to grow well down there).

In short they probably like the fact that the concrete paths heat up 
through the day and then gradually cool down through the night because 
of their physical mass and concretes ability to absorb the heat through 
the day. You might like to try them near brick walls etc that have a 
tendancy to retain a little extra energy releasing it gradually through 
the night.

Kind Regards and Best Wishes Ron Redding Hervey Bay Australia

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